Wenatchee Valley College officials broke ground on the Wells Hall building replacement project Tuesday evening.
The featured comments from the college, elected and community leaders and included WVC President, Jim Richardson.
The $37 million project will involve partial demolition of the existing 28-thousand square foot building including offices and 12 classrooms but leave intact the existing campus theater.
The building will be replaced with a new 70-thousand square foot structure with 25 classrooms and a conference center.
The three-story building will also be home to a new Emergency Operations Center which Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says can be used during natural disasters and wildfires.
Demolition is scheduled to begin in November with construction completion slated for the 2021 fall term.